10 Powerful and Deadliest Tornadoes in World History

We have discovered many technologies but still we are at the mercy of Mother Nature. Tornadoes are one of them, occurs due to the pressure difference created between dry and wet winds moving in opposite directions. Fugitive scale is used to measure the intensity of tornadoes based on the damage caused by them. All the tornadoes are categorized in F0 to F5 in which F5 is the powerful tornadoes. In 1999, the most powerful tornado has the wind speed of 484 km/h. There are many different countries that have seen the worst and experienced the deadliest tornadoes in recent years. Here are the 10 Powerful and Deadliest Tornadoes in World History.

10. Natchez Tornado

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The Natchez Tornado is the second deadliest tornado in the United States, hit the Mississippi on 7th May 1840. That massive tornado formed at the south west of Natchez and moved towards the Mississippi river. Over 317 people were killed and more than $1.26 million of infrastructure damaged. Most of the people were killed on their boats because they were not alarmed before.

9. Ivanovo and Balino Tornado

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Ivanovo and Balino Tornado, also known as 1984 Ivanovo tornado outbreak was one of the calamitous tornados in Russian history. It struck the Ivanovo, north region of Moscow and destruct over an area of 400,000 square kilometers. The tornado killed more than 400 people and injured over 200 people. One of the F5 scale of tornado which lifted an object of over 320,000 kg over a distance of 200 meters.

8. Madaripur and Shibchar Tornado

Madaripur and Shibchar Tornado

The Madaripur and Shibchar Tornado were occurred on 1st April 1977 in Bangladesh. The tornado destroys all the nature and homes as it passed through the village of Madaripur and Shibchar. This deadly tornado resulted in estimated 500 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

7. Sicily Tornado

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The Sicily tornadoes were actually two tornadoes that hit the western Sicily (now Italy) in December 1851. Tornadoes are very rare in Italy but it was one of the deadliest tornadoes in the European history. Due to no advancement in technology at that time, the original data could not be collected. The total number of victims is unknown but it is estimated that over 500 people were killed.

6. Magura and Narail Tornado

Magura and Narail are two cities located in Bangladesh where a deadly tornado hit it on 11th April 1964. The death toll may have been as high as 1400 but the official records altered. The tornado completely destroyed seven villages. According to the official records more than 500 people were killed. It was one of the most destructive tornadoes to ever happen which destroyed most of the buildings.

5. Valletta Tornado

The Valletta tornado was occurred either on 23rd September 1551 or 1556 and hit the Grand Harbour of Malta. There are several conflicting sources concerning the actual tornado. It began as a waterspout and destroyed everything when it hit the Grand Harbour. It also destroyed a shipping armada and killed more than 600 people.

4. East Pakistan Tornado

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The East Pakistan tornado (now called Bangladesh) has been fourth most deadly tornado ever. On 14th April 1969, a destructive tornado hit Bangladesh, where 660 people were killed and more than 4000 people were injured. That same day, another big tornado hit Bangladesh where 223 people were killed.

3. Manikganj, Singair and Nawabganj Tornado

Manikganj  Singair and Nawabganj Tornado

On 17th April 1973, a deadly tornado hit the Manikganj, Singair and Nawabganj city in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is one of the most tornado affected countries in the world and most of the tornado occurred in the month of April. The confirmed death toll was at 681. According to the official report nine villages were completely destroyed.

2. Tri State Tornado

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The Tri State tornado of 18th March 1925 was the deadliest tornado in the United States history. More than 690 people were killed and over 2000 people were injured. The tornado covered a distance of 352 km which is a world record and completely destroyed more than ten towns. It is the second costliest tornado ever occurred in history that destroyed almost everything within seconds.

1. Daultipur and Salturia Tornado

Deadliest Tornadoes in World History - Daultipur and Salturia

The Daultipur and Salturia tornado was an extremely destructive tornado occurred on 26th April 1989. There is no exact data but an estimate indicates that it killed around 1300 people and injured more than 12000 people. The disaster destroyed million dollar property and more than 80,000 people lost their homes.

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Varun Kumar

Varun Kumar is an experienced science and technology journalist interested in machines, AI, and space exploration. He received M.tech degree in computer science from Indraprastha University. To find out what his latest project is, feel free to directly email him at [email protected] 

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